Justice League #40

Justice League #40

Writer: Geoff Johns Artist: Jason Fabok Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: April 29, 2015 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 19 User Reviews: 27
8.4Critic Rating
8.8User Rating

The prologue to this summers upcoming JUSTICE LEAGUE event THE DARKSEID WAR! Its been building since JUSTICE LEAGUE #1. Now, Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, The Flash, Aquaman, Cyborg and the rest of the DC Universe will come face to face with the two most powerful and dangerous entities in existence when both come for Earth. But why? To what lengths with the League have to go to survive? And what secrets about the League will be revealed?This issue is also offered as a combo pack edition with a redemption code for a digital download of this issue.Combo pack edition: $4.99 US

  • 10
    All-Comic - Erik Gonzalez Apr 30, 2015

    DC has some heavy-hitting issues this week, but Justice League may well be the top pick (yes, even with the conclusion to Endgame in Batman). It is rare for this reviewerto be so blown away and immersed in a comic such as he was with this book, even rarer is to re-read it three times in two days. Please, do yourself a favor and pick up Justice League #40 and prepare for the Darkseid War! Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comicosity - Aaron Long Apr 29, 2015

    Justice League #40 is a master class in how to throw down a kickass prologue. I'm totally in for Darkseid War and I can't wait to see what is coming next. Johns & the hall-of-fame roster of artists on this issue delivered a knockout and to say big things are coming for the DCU is an understatement. It is a very good time to be a Justice League fan. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Graphic Policy - Edward Wendt Apr 29, 2015

    Simply put, those is Johns doing what he does best. While he might occasionally stumble with presenting approachable characters, there is no one better at putting together a big story like this among comics big two. He pulled it off numerous times on his run on Green Lantern, and Flashpoint was a decent enough entry in the sequence of the universe changing crossovers. It is a shame that Covergence is getting all of the focus at the moment and that something like this was not approached instead (as it would have been easy to change to the plot of Convergence to fit this plot.) As it stands this is a near perfect lead in to the Darkseid War, and one that should get the fans excited for what is to come. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Shadowhawk's Shade - AJ May 13, 2015

    With all the new stuff that the creative team brings in here, and also the callbacks to all the old stuff, Justice League #40 is definitely among the best the series has to offer. Read Full Review

  • 9.3
    IGN - Mike Logsdon Apr 30, 2015

    Justice League #40 is the prologue of Darkseid War, and it effectively sets the stakes for the event to come. Geoff Johns takes readers on a journey that feels somewhat like a mix of the History of the DC Universe and his own Justice League book. Johns entertainingly weaves in threads introduced in series like Convergence and The Multiversity. While there might be too many narration boxes for some, he also presents key scenes featuring dialogue fueled with drama and pathos. Kevin Maguire, Phil Jimenez, Dan Jurgens, Jerry Ordway, Scott Kollins, Jason Fabok, Jim Lee all bring their A-game in a perfectly organized and unified front. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Batman Universe - Ryan Blair May 1, 2015

    Overall I liked this issue…although nothing action oriented happen it was a great refresher on past Crisis events and a good lead in to the upcoming Darkseid War. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Loukas May 5, 2015

    Geoff Johns and Grant Morrison are probably the two most famous writers of DC's modern age, barring only Scott Snyder. Yet, the two are very different in style, emphases, and interests. Morrison is famous for his philosophical musings about the nature of comics and narrative, about the nature of literary reality itself. Johns, on the other hand, is the foremost practitioner of the traditional superhero epic, the steady hand on the tiller that has guided the DCU through drama, controversy, and crises of all various descriptions. Thus, it is very strange but extremely gratifying to see Johns take a flying leap into Morrisonian clouds in Justice League 40, as he meditates on the nature of the literary events that have shaped and reshaped the DCU over the last thirty years. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Kalem Lalonde Apr 29, 2015

    Justice League #40 is a prologue to the upcoming Darkseid War but that doesn’t hold this comic back from being awesome. Geoff Johns is setting up an epic story that feels like the event DC fans deserve. His always excellent characterization helps boost an issue full of grand scope and compelling ideas to a level that he rarely achieves with set-up issues. Any fan of continuity and the DC universe should look into this accessible issue that is a reminder that Geoff Johns should be the only writer penning events at DC. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Apr 29, 2015

    Exposition heavy is usually a dirty word when it comes to comics because too much usually drives readers away and even though this issue is packed to the gills with it, it should have you running to your comic shops to pick up this issue.  Just a fantastic set up to the Darkseid War in June and even though I hate sweating, I can't wait for the summer to get here because I need to read more of this.  Go get it and dive into the history of the DCU and ponder with the rest of us about what the future of our heroes' Universe holds Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Batman-News - Terry Miles, Jr. Apr 30, 2015

    Some folks don't like Johns' direction for the League, but I think he's done a swell job so far. He touches on what's currently going on in DC in comic book form, and got my anticipation up to high levels for this book, and here's the kicker" the Justice League weren't even in this book (save for a small cameo). Having so many folks working on the art of the issue and making it all work cohesively should be commended. My prediction: a whole lot of destruction and some wonderful character development. I'm ready for the Free Comic Book Day issue and #41 already. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Multiversity Comics - Brian Salvatore May 4, 2015

    A nice walk down memory lane with some outstanding art. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge, III Apr 30, 2015

    Justice League #40 may not be the most active of prologues, but the touchstones to the original Crisis cycle, the inclusion of the New Gods, along with the anthology feel of the artist's pages is a must for readers looking for truly big DC fun. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AiPT! - Jordan Richards Apr 29, 2015

    Justice League #40 does its job as a prologue well. It sets things up for the big event coming soon as well as it can, the writing is pretty solid, and the artwork looks great. The comic does lack in the sense that it is very quick read, it's not particularly exciting, and a few other things. However, as a prologue, I would say it does a fairly good job all things considered and if you are interested in Darkseid War, definitely give this a look. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Infinite Comix - Max Dweck Apr 29, 2015

    Justice League #40 ultimately isn't eventful, but this is to be expected as it is both a prologue issue and written by Geoff Johns, who is one of the reigning kings of decompressed storytelling. Thankfully, it draws on one of Johns' greatest strengths as a storyteller as well: It's an exciting piece of continuity porn for old readers while remaining accessible for newer readers. It's tantalizing and exciting, and the remaining time until the next issue comes out is going to be painful. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Mat 'Inferiorego' Elfring Apr 29, 2015

    JUSTICE LEAGUE #40 is a pretty big info dump. Luckily, it's done pretty dang well and does a fantastic job at getting the reader excited for the upcoming Darkseid War. More than anything, it's really nice to have this book during this month as a break from CONVERGENCE. It's a breath of fresh air and gives readers something to look forward to. I highly recommend check this out this week just so you can take a break from the event. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Entertainment Fuse - Elvis Dutan May 1, 2015

    Not to say that the Anti-Monitor should be some flat nothing of a character, but Johns goes way beyond the pale in trying to facilitate a new backstory and it comes off as incredibly forced. Incredibly forced as a 13-year-olds fanfiction, actually. The art from Maguire, Lee, Kolins, Jiminez, and Jurgens is all really well done – and the art is just the best of what you could expect from them. I just hope the next installment is better for the Anti-Monitor. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Richard Gray May 4, 2015

    Justice League #40 is an extended prelude, and as such it's designed to tease the next big arc, something that it does incredibly well. Yet it is necessarily coupled with the Divergence giveaway chapter, which is arguably a more compelling prologue than this. That interrelationship weakens both introductions, cheapening the start of DC's next big crossover and taking some of the wind out of the sails. That said, if this first issue is anything to go by, then "Darkseid War" is gearing up to be one of the biggest showdowns on the the far side of Covergence and The Multiversity. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza May 1, 2015

    Johns' story raises eyebrows with revelations and plants plenty of subplot seeds and further developments for the upcoming "Darkseid War." The stinger at the end of "Justice League" #40 points readers to the Free Comic Book Day release, "Divergence," as the page it is on leaves readers in a lurch, with mysteries just starting to bloom. This issue spends a great deal relating passive observation, but the contributions from the talented all-star art team provide enough eye candy to maintain reader interest. Now that "Convergence" has reached the halfway point, Johns and crew seem ready to elevate the League to appropriate marquee status, even if it doesn't quite happen with "Justice League" #40. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Dark Knight News - Alec Ward May 8, 2015

    Overall, the issue was fine. It wasn't bad at all, but it wasn't full throttle, edge of your seat kind of stuff that I would like. Granted, this is the first issue in an upcoming storyline and it is, almost, just a bridge to the full-on war we are about to get, but it just didn't do much for me. Read Full Review

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